Renderings Revealed for 13-Story Development at 161 Van Wagenen Avenue

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161 Van Wagenen Avenue, Jersey City. Image via Google Maps/Street View.

A new high-rise planned for a vacant lot adjacent to PATH train tracks appears to still be moving forward and the developer behind the project has proposed a few changes to the potential building.

Last year, Jersey Digs reported on plans to develop a .34-acre site at 161 Van Wagenen Avenue. Located in the city’s Marion neighborhood, the narrow and deep lot is opposite Mana Contemporary and next to a bridge that allows pedestrians to cross rail tracks to reach Newark Avenue.

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Rendering of the proposed project. Image courtesy of Architectura.

The parcel is owned by Jersey City-based GN Management and a scheme to build a 13-story development with 124 units was initially approved last April. Amendments to the development were presented to Jersey City’s zoning board during their November 12 meeting and look add a cellar storage area, bicycle storage room, and mezzanine level to the project.

Designed by Fort Lee-based Architectura, the development is slated to rise 141 feet and include 13 units of affordable housing set aside for those with moderate incomes. The project’s 124 apartments break down as 25 studios, 91 one-bedrooms, seven two-bedrooms, and one three-bedroom space.

161 Van Wagenen Jersey City Rendering
Street level rendering. Image courtesy of Architectura.

The development is set to include 39 parking spaces and will feature an exterior consisting of brick, metal panels, and concrete masonry. GN Management refers to the development on their website as a future project, a list that also includes a 27-story high rise at 622 Summit Avenue that was approved earlier this year.

The company has not announced any construction timeline for their 161 Van Wagenen Avenue development, which could be located near a future transit hub. There has been discussion for a few years regarding the construction of a possible PATH station in the Marion community that could be included as part of a legal settlement between Jersey City and the Port Authority.

While a study was performed by the Port Authority to examine the feasibility of such an endeavor, little progress has been announced on the possible PATH station since it emerged in late 2018.

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  1. The Marion PATH Station proposal has always struck me as peculiar. Even the outskirts of that neighborhood are no more than a 20 minute walk to JSQ. It’s difficult to understand how it would be a productive use of the PATH’s limited funds.

  2. A 20-minute walk is pretty far for transit-oriented development, so I think the Marion PATH station still makes sense in order to spur the large-scale development of the area, which certainly seems underutilized at the moment. We could get the developers to clean up & somehow integrate & pedestrianize (as much as possible) the areas surrounding the Wittpenn Bridge/Routes 1&9, etc. Imagine a stop right near Mana Contemporary vs. the current walk from Journal Square (it’s not exactly right around the corner).

    To me it’s a no-brainer to add a Marion stop and as many other stops as are feasible throughout the PATH system. More transit is never a bad thing IMO, and given how geographically small but densely populated the system is additional stops can only help more people gain access. Who knows the potential of that area that could be unlocked in that case, maybe one day we’ll have downtown/JSQ-level high-rises and a walkable Hackensack River waterfront in that area if they do.

  3. More transit is usually not bad, but cluttering an already at capacity line is. I’d rather dump all funds needed to get a much needed and much more important PATH extension to Newark Airtrain. That would be a huge benefit to the whole metro area, whereas a Marion stop only benefits a handful of people who dont want to walk 15 minutes.

  4. I don’t see this as zero-sum proposition (I fully support the Newark extension as well, and that project I believe is already included in their capital plan/much further along to becoming a reality). And the Port Authority has already laid out quite aggressive capacity expansion plans that are in progress by upgrading signal systems, enlarging platforms, etc. Combined with the post-pandemic WFH flexibility, I really don’t think overcrowding will be a concern for a while.

    Also, have you ever been on the NYC subway? There are plenty of stops much closer together than this would be and it’s not a “waste” or redundant, it only fuels further opportunity for the local area. It’s really simplifying to say “a handful of people don’t want to walk 15 minutes”. First of all, there are numerous locations within a 15-min walk of the new proposed stop that are MORE than 15 mins from JSQ currently. Expanding transit access to those areas is important, and more transit/expansion is the way of the future.

    Also given how industrial wasteland-ish much of this area is currently, to me it is a prime redevelopment opportunity if they were to add a PATH stop there. Given the regional/national housing crisis due to lack of (affordable) units (that pressure will only get worse in the coming years), anything that could potentially encourage large-scale transit-oriented development in underutilized corners of the city is something to fully support.

  5. A Marion station makes so much sense.. do you not see the amount of people getting on journal square station.. plus the new development happening in that area. NYC has plenty of stations very close to reduce overcrowding.. there should be more stations not less.. if more development is happening in the Jersey City Area..

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